May 25, 2013
By John Durso, President, Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW
The Affordable Care Act has made a difference in the lives of millions of Americans. Families no longer have to worry about being denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions nor do they have to worry about insurance caps preventing them from accessing the necessary medical treatment. They also have the comfort of knowing that the health of their children is secure until they are 26. However, with the good, has also come the bad.
A Labor Day Message from John R. Durso, President, Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW
September 5, 2011
Labor Day is such a special holiday as we celebrate the working women and men of our wonderful country. We in the labor movement have a great deal to be proud of, for each and every day we fight on behalf of our members and for those who have no voice. We fight for justice in our society and for the dignity and respect that every working women and man deserve.
GOP Bills Will Maim the Middle Class
Reprint, April 19, 2011
By John R. Durso March 24, 2011, Long Island Business News
Republican lawmakers are pressing an extreme agenda in Congress and state Legislatures across America: tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations; larger budget deficits as a result; then massive cuts in program budgets, mainly for education, health care and other services; and finally an assault on union rights and collective bargaining.
Walmart Must Be Accountable
March 1, 2011
By John R. Durso, President, Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW
For years, Walmart has been a notorious violator of the country’s labor laws. Over the past decade, the company has faced dozens of lawsuits in nearly every state for wage and hour abuses, including not allowing employees to take breaks, requiring them to work through lunch, or forcing them to work off the clock, without pay.
The Employee Free Choice ActOp-Ed by: John R. Durso, President Long Island Federation of Labor AFL-CIO In Response to the Comments by former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. on the Employee Free Choice Act Now more than ever, with our economy having survived near collapse, it is essential that members of Congress pass legislation like the Employee Free ChoiceAct to ease the burden working Americans face.
On Health Care Reform
The late Sen. Ted Kennedy was superbly attuned to the concerns of working Americans. Through the years he filtered out the distortions and outright lies about health care reform and remained a steadfast champion of the underserved. He insisted upon quality affordable health care as a right, not a privilege. We will miss him greatly. The senator understood that 53 million Americans have no health care, and 80 percent of them are employed. Within that group, low wage workers face particularly difficult choices for themselves and their families.